Tom Brady - QBPosted 6/17/18 2:06pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady acknowledged in an interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired on her network Sunday, June 17, he knows he is getting closer to retirement as he nears his 41st birthday in August, telling Winfrey he is 'seeing that there's definitely an end coming, sooner rather than later.' However, Brady also added he wants to play 'as long as I'm loving the training and preparation and willing to make the commitment.'
Huddle Up: Brady was named the league MVP last season and has already announced he will play in 2018. While dynasty owners might want to see what they can get in return for him, most fantasy enthusiasts can be excused for riding this wave out as long as they can. Brady will almost certainly be among the top five quarterbacks drafted in most fantasy leagues again this season.
Chris Hogan - WRPosted 6/14/18 8:05pm ET
New England Patriots WR Chris Hogan will be asked to shoulder a bigger load in the offense in 2018.
Huddle Up: Hogan scored a career-high five touchdowns in just nine games last year, and after an offseason overhaul of the receiving corps and with a looming suspension for Julian Edelman, he could be in line for a career year.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 6/11/18 9:06am ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski likely will receive a new contract at some point but no deal is imminent at this time, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Gronkowski participated in the mandatory minicamp last week and probably will sign a new contract before the start of training camp. He is the best tight end in the NFL when he is healthy and will be an early-round pick in all fantasy drafts.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 6/11/18 10:08am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady and TE Rob Gronkowski do not plan on participating in organized team activities this week after attending the mandatory minicamp last week, according to source.
Huddle Up: Brady and Gronkowski will be back with the team when they start training camp. Both players are one of the best at their positions and will be weekly starting options in all fantasy leagues.
Julian Edelman - WRPosted 6/7/18 10:47am ET
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman has a four-game suspension looming for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, according to sources. Edelman has appealed the suspension.
Huddle Up: These suspensions are rarely, if ever, overturned, so plan to be without Edelman for the first quarter of the season. Chris Hogan receives a big bump up in value and has WR2 upside, while Jordan Matthews now demands more attention in mid-to-late rounds. As for Edelman, he falls out of the PPR WR1 conversation.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 6/7/18 12:18pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady said he is not sure if he will participate in organized team activities next week.
Huddle Up: Brady skipped most of the offseason workouts but did participate in minicamp this week. He may be losing Julian Edelman for the first four weeks of the season but still has plenty of targets to work with in the passing game. He should be a No. 1 quarterback in all leagues.
Julian Edelman - WRPosted 6/7/18 1:20pm ET
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman has not had the appeal of his impending four-game suspension heard by the NFL at this point.
Huddle Up: Owners will need to monitor the situation to see if Edelman's suspension remains after the appeal is heard. He is expected to be the No. 1 receiver for the Patriots this season but would lose some fantasy value if he misses the first four games. He can still be a No. 2 receiver in most leagues, but owners would need solid backup plans if he sits.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 5/21/18 9:04am ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski's participation in organized team activities is uncertain at this point because of his contract situation, but he will be present for the mandatory June minicamp, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Gronkowski indicated he will play in 2018, but he does not need to be with the team until minicamp. He is the top tight end when healthy and will be an early-round pick in all fantasy leagues.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 5/21/18 10:39am ET
The New England Patriots are working on restructuring TE Rob Gronkowski's contract. The team is not allowed to agree on a reworked deal with Gronkowski until Thursday, May 24, if it includes incentives.
Huddle Up: The Patriots and Gronkowski should be able to agree to a restructured contract at some point this offseason. Gronkowski is one of the top performers in fantasy football when he is healthy and will be the first tight end selected in drafts.
Julian Edelman - WRPosted 5/21/18 1:11pm ET
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (knee) participated in organized team activities Monday, May 21.
Huddle Up: Edelman is coming off a torn anterior cruciate ligament and should be ready for training camp. He likely will be a top option for Tom Brady in the passing game in 2018 and can be at least a No. 3 fantasy receiver.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 5/7/18 11:49am ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski's agent has been talking with the Patriots about reworking Gronkowski's contract, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Gronkowski has been the top tight end in the NFL over the last several seasons and should continue to a big part of the passing game. He should be the first tight end selected in drafts and likely will be taken in one of the first three rounds.
Mike Gillislee - RBPosted 5/6/18 10:32am ET
New England Patriots RB Mike Gillislee is likely fighting for a roster spot in 2018 after opening last season as the team's No. 1 running back, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN.
Huddle Up: Reiss identifies first-round pick Sony Michel, Rex Burkhead and James White as 'locks,' leaving only one or two open spots for Gillislee, Jeremy Hill, Brandon Bolden and undrafted free-agent Ralph Webb. Given Bolden's work on special teams, it is likely special teams Gillislee and Hill will be batting for the final spot if New England chooses to keep five.
Jeremy Hill - RBPosted 5/3/18 8:44pm ET
New England Patriots RB Jeremy Hill said he is finally feeling like himself again after having ankle surgery last season. 'I really didn't have the flexibility and the strength in it that I needed to be the back that I wanted to be,' Hill said. 'I'm glad that I got it done and I can get it back to 100 percent and be the back I know I can be.'
Huddle Up: Even if Hill is as healthy, he will have a hard time putting up big numbers in New England's crowded backfield. He's a late-round lottery ticket.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 5/2/18 6:17am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady said he 'negotiated' with his wife to play two more seasons, and he's working on more.
Huddle Up: Brady has shown few signs of slowing down, but there has been a lot of turnover around him of late. Julian Edelman returns from his torn ACL, but what can we expect out of the soon-to-be 32-year-old? Nonetheless, Brady has a history of thriving without a stocked cupboard, and he remains an elite QB1 option in fantasy.
Braxton Berrios - WRPosted 4/28/18 2:08pm ET
The New England Patriots selected Miami-Florida WR Braxton Berrios with the 210th overall pick (Round 6) in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Berrios is a speedy receiver who racked up 100 receptions, 1,175 yards and 14 touchdowns in his career with 'The U'. He is likely to make his biggest impact in the return game, as the team is fairly deep on offense at wideout. They'll have time to develop Berrios over the next couple of seasons before he makes any kind of impact on offense.
Danny Etling - QBPosted 4/28/18 2:18pm ET
The New England Patriots selected Louisiana State QB Danny Etling with the 219th overall pick (Round 7) in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Etling is a cerebral quarterback, playing flawless football in 2017 with 2,463 yards, 16 touchdowns and just two interceptions. Of course, it helps to have a guy like Derrius Guice to hand the ball to. In New England, he obviously will be playing the waiting game with Tom Brady at the helm.
Sony Michel - RBPosted 4/27/18 3:15pm ET
New England Patriots RB Sony Michel recorded 12 fumbles during his college career, but director of player personnel Nick Caserio said the team is not concerned about the issue at this point.
Huddle Up: Michel will share playing time with several other running backs this season but should receive a decent amount of touches each game. He can be considered a No. 3 or No. 4 running back in most fantasy leagues but will be more valuable in keeper leagues.
Brandon Bolden - RBPosted 4/27/18 8:20pm ET
New England Patriots RBs Brandon Bolden, Mike Gillislee and Jeremy Hill might be competing for one spot with the chance one gets cut even before training camp.
Huddle Up: Hill signed a one-year deal with the team in the offseason and has reportedly been making a positive impression, and he is just 25 years old. With rookie Sony Michel joining the mix with Rex Burkhead and James White in the fold, too, someone will be out of a job.
Jeremy Hill - RBPosted 4/27/18 8:10pm ET
New England Patriots RB Jeremy Hill has been making a positive impressive during the team's voluntary offseason program with his work and kindness.
Huddle Up: Hill is just 25 years old and on one-year deal looking to shine, but he'll have plenty of company in the backfield from veterans, as well as incoming rookie Sony Michel. While he is doing positive things in his first few weeks in Foxboro, his fantasy outlook is rather murky with a logjam in the backfield.
Sony Michel - RBPosted 4/26/18 8:32pm ET
The New England Patriots selected Georgia RB Sony Michel with the 31st overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft Thursday, April 26.
Huddle Up: Michel likely will be a part of a committee at running back this season and should be involved in the running and passing game. He can be a No. 3 or No. 4 running back in standard leagues in 2018 and can be at least a No. 3 back in keeper leagues because he should be more involved in the coming years.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 4/24/18 3:32pm ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski announced Tuesday, April 24, that he will be playing in 2018, as expected.
Huddle Up: Not a big surprise, but there have been reports throughout the offseason that Gronk could retire. Since he is returning, he should be regarded as the No. 1 fantasy tight end, per usual.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 4/22/18 1:16pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady and TE Rob Gronkowski are expected to return to the team in 2018 despite their absences from voluntary workouts this month, per a source with 'knowledge of the situation' according to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio.
Huddle Up: It's possible both men are making their displeasure of the team's decision to remove their trainer from the premises at Gillette Stadium, although neither Brady nor Gronkowski have confirmed that. The Patriots would be wise to target their successors in this week's draft, but the 40-year-old Brady has repeatedly said he hopes to play until he's 45. Gronkowski is more likely to retire sooner given how many injuries he has suffered in his career, but it still seems highly unlikely we've seen the last of him on the gridiron.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 4/21/18 10:31am ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski indicated that he does not plan to participate in the upcoming voluntary workouts.
Huddle Up: Gronkowski still has not announced if he will play in 2018, but he probably will be on the field next season. He is one of the best fantasy options when he is healthy and likely will be selected in the first three rounds of all fantasy leagues.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 4/18/18 5:29am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady still hasn't committed to playing in 2018, but people close to him believe he'll be back, according to sources. He wants to spend more time with his family, and there are people around him who would rather see him retire, sources said.
Huddle Up: He'll be back and ready to go, and he'll be one of the first quarterbacks to target in fantasy.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 4/18/18 4:10pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady would like a new contract before the start of the 2018 season but it is not a pressing issue at this point. Brady is still expected to play next season.
Huddle Up: Brady is not participating in offseason workouts at this point but likely will be ready for training camp. He should be a solid No. 1 quarterback in all fantasy leagues as long as he is playing.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 4/9/18 7:53am ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is around 260 pounds, according to a source, which is about five pounds lighter than his playing weight. He's expected to re-gain the weight before camp. Gronkowski has been working with QB Tom Brady's trainer, Alex Guerrero, which stirred the pot with head coach Bill Belichick. At one point early last season, Belichick chastised Gronkowski in front of the players for working with Guerrero, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The friction with Belichick is starting to leak out, and it somewhat explains Gronk's hesitance with playing next year. His physical condition adds traction that he will be back, though. He'll be a high-end TE1 in fantasy.
Kenny Britt - WRPosted 4/6/18 7:37pm ET
New England Patriots WR Kenny Britt should benefit from a full offseason to learn the offense, according to Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com, and Reiss believes Britt could take on an expanded role in 2018.
Huddle Up: With the overhaul New England's receiving corps has undergone this offseason, Britt could emerge as a starter and a relevant fantasy option. The situation is worth monitoring this offseason.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 4/4/18 5:02am ET
Updating previous reports, New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski hasn't been involved in trade talks, and the Patriots expect to keep him.
Huddle Up: Gronk remains a high-end TE1, but his laundry list of injuries add enough risk to consider some others that are closing the gap.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 4/3/18 7:05am ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski will have teams calling about acquiring him, according to MMQB's Albert Breer.
Huddle Up: It's probably more likely that Gronk stays in New England, but the wear-and-tear scare is harvesting around his fantasy stock. He's still a high-end option, but the gap is closing between him and the field.
Brandin Cooks - WRPosted 4/3/18 2:58pm ET
New England Patriots WR Brandin Cooks and a fourth-round pick were traded to the Los Angeles Rams Tuesday, April 3, in exchange for a first-round pick and sixth-round pick.
Huddle Up: Cooks' absence paves the way for Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan to be Tom Brady's go-to wide receivers. Edelman has low-end WR1 to high-end WR2 value in PPR leagues if he can stay on the field. Hogan possesses low-end WR2 to high-end WR3 appeal assuming he can stay healthy as well. Phillip Dorsett and Cordarrelle Patterson become late-round fliers, although the Patriots could obviously add to the position via the draft.
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